The concluding rally for the series of events marking the Ghadar Party Centenary in Britain, was held in Bradford on 24 November. This was a perfect setting for the concluding tribute to the Ghadar Party Centenary. An event organised in collaboration with the South Asia Peoples Forum representing people from the Indian sub-continent from Pakistan and India and the IWA GB. The presence of the descendants of the Ghadar Baba’s Gosal and Muheem among the audience, completed the centenary commemoration.

The programme filled with poetry transcending borders was a most poignant reminder of our common heritage and the struggle for Independence. The poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Surjeet Patar recited from the same stage. The words whether in Punjabi, Urdu or Hindi all carrying the same emotion and an expression of hope for a brave new world “Nawan roop rachna hind de samaj da, tukham udaona zalaman de raj da. “ Destroy the rule of the tyrants to construct a new social political order in India”

The decision to commemorate the Ghadar Party centenary was taken at the 12th Congress of the CPI M last year in Kozhikode Kerala.

Fotor112621335During this final rally Comrade MA Baby member of the political bureau of CPI M echoed the words of Comrade Prakash Karat the General Secretary of CPI M that “The Ghadar Party centenary has been an occasion to pay tributes to the indomitable revolutionary spirit that this movement symbolised” He recalled with pride the close association of the Ghaderites with the freedom and mass movements, especially the All India Kisan Sabha National President Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna. Com Baby traced the history of the Ghadar movement from USA and Canada and the call given for “Poorna swaraj” complete independence, almost sixteen years before the AICC adopted it at its Lahore session in 1929.In recognition of these Ghadar Party commemorative events coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of the IWA, Comrade Baby called for the youth of today to emulate the spirit of the Ghaderites. He called for an infusion of the experience of the veterans with the vibrancy of the youth. In the words of the late Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, he said “The world would not get better on its own”.

Comrade Baby congratulated the IWA GB for electing Joginder Kaur as its first female National General Secretary in its 75th year.

The newly elected National General Secretary Joginder Kaur provided a rich insight into the contribution of the women in the Ghadar and freedom movement like Bibi Gulab Kaur and Madam Cama. Joginder looked forward to an even greater involvement of women in future campaigns of the Indian Workers’ Association GB.

Harsev Bains the secretary of the Association of Indian Communists, gave an update on the issues facing the Indian diaspora and thanked the organisers Dr. Acharpal Dharni, Prof. Nazir Tabassum, Parwez Fateh, and Sarwan Hayer for arranging such a wide array of participants for this concluding rally. He recalled the start of the whole series of programmes inaugurated by Com Sitaram Yechury on 8th June in London to commemorate the centenary of the Ghadar movement which Com Yechury had described “Like a blazing comet that sets the skies aflame, the Ghadar movement started on USA’s west coast on 1st November 1913 with the beating of drums that its name was “mutiny” and that it was “the enemy of the British rule”.

Com. Bains recorded his appreciation of the significant contribution by Jan Natya Manch (JANAM) for their inspirational theatrical tour raising issues of social justice and audio visual presentation of the Ghadar Party and the struggle for freedom. The hall of Britain reverberating with the sounds of “Pagri sambhal jatta”.

The commemoration of the centenary across the continents in Asia, Europe and N. America including a seminar at Yugantar Hall in San Francisco, and a rally attended by fifteen thousand people in Vancouver have created new milestones in the history of our movement and worthy of celebrating the legacy of the Ghadar Party.

The struggle to complete the unfinished agenda continues…